Asian markets close mixed, European stocks in positive territory

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 gains 40.03 points, STOXX Europe 600 up by 0.57 points

ISTANBUL (AA) – Asian stock exchanges closed Wednesday with mixed figures amid newly released figures, including Chinese Central Bank’s interest decision and Japan’s foreign trade data, while the most of major European markets were in positive territory.

The Asia Dow, which includes blue-chip companies in the region, earned 21.44 points, or 0.55%, to close at nearly 3,955 points.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 stock exchange was also up 40.03 points, or 0.14%, to 29,255. The Hang Seng, the benchmark for blue-chip stocks trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange, saw an increase of 348.8 points, or 1.35%, to 26,136.

China’s Shanghai stock exchange was down by 6.15 points, or 0.17%, to reach 3,587 points and the Singapore index decreased by 0.9 points, or 0.03%, to read 3,198.

The Indian Sensex benchmark saw a decline of 456.09 points, or 0.74%, to close at 61,259 points.

Chinese Central Bank kept its one-year and five-year interest rates constant, while Japan posted a $622.8 billion foreign trade deficit, surpassing expectations.

Meanwhile, China’s foreign direct investments rose 19.6% in the January-September period to reach $134.7 billion.

European markets

The STOXX Europe 600, which includes around 90% of the market capitalization of the European market in 17 countries, was up by 0.57 points, or 0.12%, to 469.15 as of 1030GMT.

London’s FTSE 100 increased 1.24 points, or 0.02%, to 7,218 points, and Germany’s DAX index reached 15,530 points, up by 14.25 points or 0.09%.

The French CAC 40 lost 8.08 points, or 0.12%, to 6,661 points, while Italy’s FTSE MIB posted an increase of 110.54 points, or 0.42%, to 26,443 points.

Spain’s IBEX 35 also rose by 19 points, or 0.21%, to 9,015 points.


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